With their bye week, the Clemson Tigers rested this weekend and watched the rest of the country duke it out in college football. There weren’t any major upsets, but the Tigers still managed to move up one spot to No. 7 in the Amway Coaches Poll after Week 8. The poll, which included four ACC teams, was released Sunday.
The bye week couldn’t have come at a better time for Clemson. The Tigers were No. 2 in the poll heading into Week 7, but they suffered their first defeat of the season, falling 27-24, to the Syracuse Orange. That dropped Clemson to No. 8 in the poll last week.
Prior to that, the Tigers were one of the hottest teams in the nation, having started 6-0 for the third straight year. Starting quarterback Kelly Bryant didn’t play in the second half versus Syracuse after sustaining a concussion, but still, it was a tough loss for the defending national champions.
The Tigers opened the season at No. 5 in the preseason coaches poll. In that poll, Clemson received seven first-place votes.
Clemson jumped two spots to No. 3 (with three first-place votes) after beating Kent State 56-3 in the season opener, then climbed another spot to No. 2 (with two first-place votes) after defeating Auburn 14-6 in Week 2.
They remained at No. 2 only behind Alabama for four weeks. During that stretch, the Tigers picked up two more Top 15 victories. Clemson beat Louisville and Virginia Tech, both of which were hyped matchups with College GameDay in attendance, by an average of 20 points.
The Tigers will continue to regroup this week and prepare to host their cross-divisional rival, the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, this Saturday, Oct. 28.
Amway Coaches Poll: 2017 college football Top 25 after Week 8
- Penn State
- Ohio State
- Notre Dame
- Oklahoma State
- Virginia Tech
- South Florida
- N.C. State
- Washington State
- Michigan State
- West Virginia
- Texas A&M
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